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Inside Philip Morris' push to subvert the global anti-smoking treaty
by Aditya Kalra, Paritosh Bansal, Duff Wilson, and Tom Lasseter
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13 July 2017
On 13 July 2017 Reuters reported:
The world's largest publicly traded tobacco company is deploying its vast resources against international efforts to reduce smoking. Internal documents uncovered by Reuters reveal details of the secret operation. A group of cigarette company executives stood in the lobby of a drab convention center near New Delhi last November. Treaty officials didn't want them there. ... There was a big name missing from the group: Philip Morris International Inc. A Philip Morris representative later told Reuters its employees didn't turn up because the company knew it wasn't welcome. In fact, executives from the largest publicly traded tobacco firm had flown in from around the world to New Delhi for the anti-tobacco meeting. Unknown to treaty organizers, they were staying at a hotel an hour from the convention center, working from an operations room there. Philip Morris International would soon be holding secret meetings with delegates from the government of Vietnam and other treaty members. The object of these clandestine activities: the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, or FCTC, a treaty aimed at reducing smoking globally. Reuters has found that Philip Morris International is running a secretive campaign to block or weaken treaty provisions that save millions of lives by curbing tobacco use. ... 'Some people think that with tobacco, you've won the battle,' said former Finnish Health Minister Pekka Puska, who chaired an FCTC committee last year. 'No way,' he said. 'The tobacco industry is more powerful than ever.'
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